September 29, 2016

#TBT 48 - Review: Raze (Scarred Souls #1) by Tillie Cole

★TBT #48★
Author Tillie Cole's #Raze (Scarred Souls #1) is on this weeks #ThrowbackThrusday. And yet again Tillie Cole blew me away with her consuming storyline, intense characters and passionate love story.

Title: Raze
Author: Tillie Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #1
Genre: dark romance


One man stripped of his freedom, his morals… his life.

Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unremorseful, unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. Death and brutality are the masters of his fate.

After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge… bloody, slow and violent revenge.

Revenge on the man who lied.

Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Revenge on the man who condemned him and turned him into… this: a rage-fueled killing machine. A monster void of humanity; a monster filled with hate.

And no one will stand in the way of getting what he wants.

One woman stripped of her freedom, her morals… her life.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Red’ bosses of New York's Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it’s a virtual prison. Her father’s savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring—The Dungeon—ensures too many enemies lurk at their door.

She dreams to be set free.

Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. As manager of her father’s death match enterprise, only grief and pain fill her days. Her mafiya boss father, in her world, rules absolute. And her fiancé, Alik Durov, is no better: The Dungeon’s five-time champion, a stone-cold killer, the treasured son of her father’s best friend, and her very own—and much resented—personal guard. Unrivaled in both strength and social standing, Alik controls every facet of Kisa’s life, dominates her every move; keeps her subdued and dead inside… then one night changes everything.

While working for her church—the only reprieve in her constant surveillance—Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. Something about him stirs feelings deep within her; familiar yet impossibly forbidden desires. He doesn’t talk. Doesn’t communicate with anyone. He’s a man beyond saving, and a man she must quickly forget… for both their sakes.

But when days later, out of the blue and to her complete surprise, he’s announced as the replacement fighter in The Dungeon, Kisa knows she’s in a whole lot of trouble. He’s built, ripped and lethally unforgiving to his opponents, leaving fear in his wake and the look of death in his eyes.

Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man...

… this man they call Raze.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit and non-consensual sexual situations, excessive violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*

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“4.25 Sand. Sun and the Sea…stars”

There are plenty of adjectives I could use to describe this book, but right now all I can think about is


And yet again Tillie Cole blew me away with her consuming storyline, intense characters and passionate love story.
“They were always meant to be together, one boy and one girl, two hearts split into two, sent to far-off lands on their own. For God wanted to see if true love could be tested. He wanted to see if two halves of one soul could find each other again, even against the odds. Years would pass. They would both be hurt. They would both be sad, but one day, when they least expected it, they would stumble into each other’s paths. The question is: would they recognize each other’s soul? And would they find their way back to love…?”
Well, this very first passage from the book says it all. With Raze aka 818 being a tormented killing machine, a monster who has no memories of his past life and Kisa who lost everything good in her life, a prisoner in her own shell, this is the story of love loss despair and revenge.

“Their love story began on the day she was born…”

Did it make my heart slam against my chest??? Hell yeah!!!! It had my utmost attention throughout, kept me on the edge for most parts, there wasn’t a single scene where I thought it was boring or flat but perfect balance of darkness and innocence. Tillie Cole writes dark romance with utterly damaged characters, loads of violence making it gritty and gut wrenching yet she brings out overwhelming emotion of love making your heart all gooey!!!
“Whatever our souls are made of—”
“His and mine are the same...”

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